If Roman Abramovich’s 2003 purchase of Chelsea FC introduced English football to a new generation of billionaires, the 2008 purchase of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan introduced the game to its first family of trillionaires.
The purchase by Mansour’s Abu Dhabi United Group, from previous owner Thaksin Shinawatra, was – to be charitable – something of a circus. Thaksin, who had just had his assets frozen after being removed from power in Thailand by a military coup, was desperate to sell. And there was one man willing to buy and quickly.
Little is know of owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan, yet what we do know is that Sheikh Mansour is one of the most powerful and influential figures of the ruling Abu Dhabi royal family, if not the whole Middle East.
Charting his purchase of Manchester City, we look at how he completely transformed the club as well as his historical issues with Humans Rights offences in the UAE.
We take a look at the controversial owner of Arsenal, Stan Kroenke.2
James Montague details the history of Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich.3
Thaksin Shinawatra bought Manchester City in 2007, and was forever surrounded in controversy.4
The purchase of Manchester City by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan introduced the game to its first trillionaires.5
Author of The Billionaires Club James Montague joins Joe to discuss his latest book in more detail.